Building design, construction and renovations
Old State House - Advice
I have a old 1950's state house and looking for some ideas as how to renovate the place. But the major issue is the exterior cladding of the house is fibre cement mix asbestos, I think back that ...
Louver windows and passive design/ air tightness
Hi all, we are starting to design our new house with passive design principles in mind. We are up-spec'ing insulation and choosing high performance windows/ frames, have a great thermal mass providing concrete floor throughout with underfloor and perimeter insulation- ...
Architect recommendations for Coromandel build
We are totally new to the process of building (and the EcoBob site) but have put together a reasonably detailed brief of what we are after from our new home and budget. We are beginning to send the brief ...
Papakowhai Renovations - House 10
The Azzuro Solar Limited system is performing excellently, as expected, at House 10 of the Papakowhai renovation project.
We are pleased with the support we have given to Beacon Pathway for this project.
Azzuro Solar Limited
Cracks in walls
Hi, we are looking at a concrete property which is 12 years old with cracks in the walls and have been told that this could be due to settlement in the soil. Does this make any sense? It ...
uPVC window Architectural recommendations?
Can anyone recommend good uPVC windows supplier in NZ?
Im after something that has good spans/sizes for architectural house designs
some seem to be limited to 2.1m high would prefer a suite that can do at least 2.7m high
able to be placed ...
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation
I looked around at insulation and came to the conclusion that Sprayed Polyurethane Foam would give me the best level of thermal insulation and sound deadening. So I bought a machine from the US and have arranged to purchase the ...
By AAC Mike
Best water heating option in a large house
Newbie here, so apologies if this is in the wrong place. We've bought an old Auckland house consisting of two dwellings, each with an ancient electric water heater. We are going to combine the dwellings into a single L-shaped home ...
Is there a practical way to beef up airtightness & insulation in a stick & fluff build?
If it turns out I can't build with SIPS, are there ways to improve a standard stick and fluff building envelope?
For example: thicker studs and thicker fluff, insulated slab, thermally broken windows... Wouldn't these factors alone improve the buildings performance ...
Help designing a solar/wetback hot water system...correctly
In the not too distant future I'll be installing a solar hot water system on my house in Palmerston North. Currently there is an old Rinnai inifinty (not sure on size) that supplies just the hot water, ...
I have a new building project which has our house essential well insulated externally (SLAB external walls and ROOF) and air tight aiming for passive house standard. My question relates to internal walls, I do not need internal walls and ...
bamboo flooring recommendations
I'm presently in the stage of building and wish for bamboo flooring. I have heard of some horrie stories, but i think this is when peoplle have installed it onto concrete flooring or buying a bad product. In my case ...
By Philip Muir
Magroc Insulfound (Magnesium oxide board) Issues: Rotting, Decaying etc
I have Magroc Insulfound on my foundation slab. The slab has been down for a few months now as I have a delay in getting onto the framing.
The Magroc Insulfound has well and truly rotted away. Has anyone else ...
By tobias kraus
Greenwood Gasification Woodfired Boiler
Does anyone have one or know of anyone who has one in their home? We are looking at getting one but would like to speak to people who have experience with them before committing.
Draughtsman/architect with CLT expertise
does anyone know of a draughtsman/architect with expertise in CLT construction ? I do have the design and detailing but I need someone to put it all together to a consent suitable set of drawings? ...
Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?
We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems
In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
By John Hornblow
Seeking list of NZ SIP suppliers and Designers
So it seems that many of the suppliers of SIPs (structural insulated panels) in New Zealand are all pretty poor at making their websites come up in a Google search.
Or maybe there's just not very many of them, I'm ...
By John Hornblow
thermal break to strap-and-lined concrete masonry wall
We have a house under construction which for a number of reasons has an area of concrete masonry external walls (partial retaining, etc.)
Originally we'd intended Kingspan's Kooltherm K17 for insulation, but now it is being strapped & lined. Every ...
By Rob @ FGA
Ductless ventilation systems
We're getting all the external wall of our house insulated and re-gibbed. As part of this job, we're also wanting to install a ventilation system. Because our house has no roof cavity, I'm looking at two products which draw ...
By Mr Lucas
Heat transfer systems
Does anyone have any positive or negative experience of these? There are different systems out there and hard to know which one to choose.
New Build - Whole Home HVAC +inslab solution (net Zero)
Architectural designer looking to find recommendations for a good balance on a whole home solution for multiple systems able to run as a net zero or negative energy home.
this is the way im thinking of going so far:
Firstly looking ...
Wetback with underfloor heating or radiators?
We are building a 110 square metre home. We are planning to have a wood burner with a wetback as we have a continous supply of firewood. Has anyone experienced using a wetback with radiators or underfloor heating ...
By country bear
underfloor heating with concrete slab
how thick should the slab be for underfloor heating and what type of piping is used for wetback to underfloor and what kind of pump?
Hydronic underfloor heating with air-to-water heatpump, Christchurch
Can anyone offer advice with regard to this, as well as your experiences with install and running costs?
Planning a 180m2 single-storey build in Christchurch and I really like the idea of an efficient central heating system to keep the ...